Benchmark Testing of Meltdown and Spectre Patches

Meltdown and Spectre are vulnerabilities in modern processors that can be exploited to steal data.  These flaws may result in data being stolen by attackers through Speculative Execution Side-Channel attacks. There are actually three separate vulnerabilities that comprise Meltdown and Spectre and two steps to fully remediate them.

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Is application patching and testing keeping you up at night? We have your sleep aid.

Defending desktop environments from security incidents requires a holistic strategy and continuous operational maintenance.  Join Scott Christensen and Brent Melson as they discuss how to mitigate the challenges and risks associated with Windows 10 security and feature updates continuously being rolled out.  “Today you must have a secure desktop environment, you can no longer afford to postpone your patches.  You need a program in place that allows you to patch with confidence,” said Brent Melson, Vice President of Innovation at Olenick.

Register for the Keeping your Windows 10 Desktop Secure: Patch Management and Application Compatibility webinar on Dec 14th from 11am-Noon CST by clicking here.  We look forward to speaking with you soon.  If you have any inquiries about this webinar, please reach out to Derrick Sibbitt (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Fully Uninstalling Windows Applications

When an MSI based Application is uninstalled, it removes the file system changes that it is aware of, specifically the files, folders and registry keys that it directly created. Items that are specific to the application, but were not created by the MSI itself will not be removed by default.

Items not removed can include user generated data, user specific settings created under the user's profile, and user specific registry keys. Many Applications create file system changes when they first launch and these changes are frequently user specific. License files are also potentially left behind as well. Items applied via Group Policy will also not be removed when the MSI is uninstalled.

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Olenick to attend and present at ILTACON

We are pleased to have the opportunity to attend and present at ILTACON in Las Vegas, August 13-17th.    With the growing concern around security and compliance, Olenick’s Patch Management and Windows 10 solutions will be key topics of discussion.  Visit booth 625 or attend Olenick’s educational session Thursday, Aug 17th at 9AM to talk further about issues ranging from implementations to system maintenance.

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Why Should I Care About Application Uninstall?

An application packager's role is to package content for deployment. Too often the vendor does not consider what happens when their package needs to be uninstalled. Why should I as a packager care about what happens if and when someone decides to remove a package I have built? Windows does not have a good history when it comes to keeping itself clean and tidy, and by ignoring the need to clean up deployments I have authored, I only contribute to that history. It's time to break the cycle as a packager, uninstall processes needs to have just as much scrutiny as deployment. As the industry moves away from the classic desktop application management model and starts treating enterprise applications like mobile applications, cleaning up a removed package becomes more essential.

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News Update: Olenick achieves the Microsoft Windows and Devices Competency

Windows 10 upgrades are top of mind for many IT organizations, and they are top of mind for Olenick as well.  Earlier today Olenick announced that it has achieved the Microsoft Silver Windows and Devices competency. This competency builds upon Olenick’s Microsoft Devices and Deployment competency and positions Olenick to bring focused expertise in software quality engineering to Windows 10 projects. View the full story on Olenick’s latest achievement here.

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ILTA Webinar: Cracks in your Windows? Building Quality into your Projects.

Throughout the year International Legal Technology Association (ILTA) hosts numerous educational webinars to provide members with access to the latest information about products and services that impact the legal profession.  ILTA reached out to Olenick to present a webinar on quality assurance (QA) addressing how QA principles would come to bear on a Windows 10 project.  We presented the webinar live on November 30th to an audience of over 50 people, if you missed it, you can view it here.  Scott Christensen, Bill Mertes, and Rick Lesley walk you through the 5 W’s of QA and walk through an example of how QA would affect a Windows 10 project.  We hope you find it useful, we will be hosting another webinar in Q1 2017.

Olenick Re-qualifies as a Microsoft Silver Level Partner

Olenick has re-qualified as a Microsoft Silver level partner in the Devices and Deployment competency.

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Microsoft APP-V Overview

Application Virtualization is a technology that appears to end users as if an application is installed onto a machine. Virtualized applications are in fact not installed and do not leave a footprint on a machine. These applications function and operate in the same fashion as an application that has been physically installed in traditional fashion.

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